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The Search for Tutankhamun (Part 4): The Life and Death of Tutankhamun

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10 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. An Introduction to this Course on Tutankhamun

    • 2. The Boy Pharaoh

    • 3. Wet Nurse: Did You Know?

    • 4. Ankhesenamun

    • 5. Ankhesenamun: Did You Know?

    • 6. A Violent Death or an Illness?

    • 7. Damage to the Mummy: Did You Know?

    • 8. The Case for Murder

    • 9. Ay Usurps Horemheb: Did You Know?

    • 10. Your Class Project

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The Search for Tutankhamun (Part 4): The Life and Death of Tutankhamun is aimed at history students, who are studying this period at school or university, as well as those of you that have a general interest in history (and Ancient Egyptian history in particular).

In part four of the course, I take a detailed look at the life and death of Tutankhamun, where you will learn about:

  • The Boy Pharaoh’s Reign
  • His wife (and half-sister), Ankhesenamun
  • The theories of how exactly Tutankhamun died?
  • Who were the chief suspects in his death, if he was indeed murdered?

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

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David ✏ Ault

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A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our Ragdoll, Blue.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last two decades, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various inter... See full profile

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1. An Introduction to this Course on Tutankhamun: Hello there. My name is David James Bolton. I would like to welcome you to this skill share class, which is the fourth part of my history course. Howard Carter and the Search for Tutankhamen. The classes aimed at history students are studying this period at school or university as well as those of you that have a general interest in history and ancient Egyptian history in particular. In part four of the course, I take a detailed look at the life and death of Tutankhamen, where you will learn about boy Pharaoh's reign, his wife and half sister and Kesten our moon. The theories of how Tutankhamen died and who were the chief suspects in his death. So go ahead and enrolled in my class, and I look forward to seeing you only in sight. 2. The Boy Pharaoh: Tutankhamen was only nine years old when he became the pharaoh of Egypt. His young age, as well as his father's unpopular legacy, meant that the real power would always lie elsewhere. Indeed, during most of his reign, he would rely on the counsel of his chief vizier, Ay, who would act as regent on the support of the army led by Horemheb, who he appointed as Lord of the Land in order to maintain the law. His father's attempts at changing the religion in Egypt had left the country in chaos, and, according to the most important historical document of that time, the restoration steely of Tutankhamen. The early part of the young Pharaoh's reign involved his administration, moving the capital from Akhenaten back to its traditional home at Thebes, as well as restoring the old religion to eat it. It was at this time that the boy pharaoh changed his name from to turn Katyn, meaning the living image of at 10 to tooting car moon, meaning the living image of our moon. Religious problems were not the only legacy that the heretic king had left his son. Egypt was also suffering economically following years of neglect by Akhenaten and diplomatic relations with other kingdoms were now poor. Tutankhamen and his advisers set out to restore them, which they did with some success, although battles with the Nubians and as the attics were recorded as having taken place. 3. Wet Nurse: Did You Know?: Did you know Tutankhamen's wet nurses? No. One thanks to her tomb discovered by the French Egyptologist Alan's Levy in 1996 at Sequera , her name was Meyer and in her tomb, Tutankhamen showing sitting on her lap. The pharaoh's name is actually mentioned several times in the tombs inscriptions. 4. Ankhesenamun: Shortly after he became Pharaoh, Tutankhamen married his half sister and Kissin Parton, who was the third daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, which meant she was also the granddaughter Off I Hankinson. Parton also changed her name at the same time as her husband when she became an kiss in a moon. From there is objects discovered in Tutankhamen's tomb, it would appear that he on drunkenness Samoon were very much in love. There is a beautiful relief on the back of the pharaoh's throne, where ANC Anissa moon appears to be rubbing oils on her husband andan image on the lid of the box where Tutankhamen is receiving flowers from his bride do 10 car moon and Ankan s a moon had two stillborn daughters together, one of whom died at 5 to 6 months of pregnancy while the other went to full term. Both daughters were mummified and placed in the pharaoh's tomb. Do Tin Commons own ancestral heritage. Added to the fact that an Kissner moon was his half sister, may explain why the couple were unable to have Children together. Whatever the reason, When Tutankhamen died, he did not have an heir to his throne, and so his bloodline died with him 5. Ankhesenamun: Did You Know?: did you know when Tutankhamen died, his wife and Kissner Moon was forced to marry her own grandfather High. In an attempt to avoid this, she wrote a letter to the hit tight king asking him for one of his sons to marry. Unfortunately for her, the Hittite Prince died, perhaps murdered on route to Egypt. 6. A Violent Death or an Illness?: as Tutankhamen was only 18 when he died. There has always been a certain amount of intrigue over what exactly killed him. Part of the problem in determining the cause of his death is the fact that his mommy was damaged when it was first eggs Umed during its removal from the south calf Focus. Later examinations may have been mis read. The signs of this damages trauma to the pharaoh's body when he was still alive. Indeed, an X ray carried out in 1968 revealed a bone fragment inside Tutankhamen's skull, which led to the theory that the boy king had either being murdered by a blow to the head or had met with some other form of violent death, such as a full from a chariot. While out hunting. However, subsequent examinations using superior technologies such as C T scans, ruled out the possibility of a violent death and proved that the bone fragment inside Tutankhamen's skull was in fact caused during the removal of the body by Carter's team. So if Tutankhamen did not die a violent death, then what did kill him? There's also a very strong case that the boy Ferro suffered from a number of maladies on that one of these ailments may have eventually killed him. DNA tests published in 2010 reveal that Tutankhamen had a bone disorder probably caused by his incestuous heritage and was also suffering from malaria. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the pharaoh would have bean out on hunting trips as he was a frail, weak boy with a club foot who needed a cane toe walk. Another popular medical related theory as to the cause of Tutankhamen's death is that he suffered from epilepsy. It is strongly believed that both his father, Akhenaten, and his great grandfather thought most of the fourth both suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy. With this form of epilepsy, seizures begin in the brains temporal lobe, particularly after exposure to sunlight, and it has been known to cause hallucinations and religious visions. It is thought that perhaps the family of pharaohs had a heritable form of the disease, with each pharaoh dying younger than the previous one, and even that it was an epileptic seizure, which was the cause of tooting car moons, fractured leg 7. Damage to the Mummy: Did You Know?: did you know the mummy of Tutankhamun was damaged when Carter's team removed objects such as the golden death mask from the pharaoh's body? This was due to the fact that many of the objects were stuck fast by harden resins used as part to the embalming process. 8. The Case for Murder: Although detailed CT scans have now all but ruled out the likelihood of a violent murder, it is still not possible to rule out the chance that Tutankhamen was murdered in a nonviolent manner, such as from poisoning. When speculating on who might have been responsible for such a murder, It is perhaps best to look at those who have both the opportunity to kill him and also the most again, two chief suspects stand out in particular, both of whom will do tremendous power. While Tutankhamen was still a boy and who may have seen their power beginning to dwindle as the pharaoh entered adult hood, the suspects in question are I the chief vizier and Khorram hip, The chief of the Army. I was regent over Egypt, while Tutankhamen was a child. He had already been an important official during Akhenaten's reign and was instrumental in the setting up off the new monotheistic religion. He was also never TT's father on dust, the grandfather of Tutankhamen's wife and kiss number. On the surface, I would have been very close to Tutankhamen, almost like a father figure, and for that reason, many scholars argue that it is unlikely he would have wanted to kill him. However, the truth is that I had the most to lose as the boy pharaoh came of age and ultimately it was he who had the most to gain When Tutankhamen died. After all, it was I who succeeded him as Pharaoh. In contrast, I the second main suspect, Horemheb certainly had no obvious affection for Tutankhamen on openly detested his father on the new religion that he had forced upon Egypt. Indeed, it was Horemheb who later tried to expunge both akin art in and tooting car moon from history. When he himself later became Faeroe after I, Horemheb Will did the most power in Egypt while the Faeroe was still a child and was actually the pharaoh in waiting. Should anything happen to tooting Car Moon for this reason and the fact he was very much opposed to the at in religion and the pharaoh's bloodline, the chief of the Army certainly had a strong enough motive to want to turn commune date 9. Ay Usurps Horemheb: Did You Know?: did you know when Tutankhamen died? It was actually Horan hip who should have become the next hero, but I cunningly usurped him. I achieved this by performing the opening of the mouth ceremony at Tutankhamen's burial, a right that can only be performed by the future Faeroe. 10. Your Class Project: Hello. In this short video, I'm going to talk about your class project for this course. Quite simply, Once you have completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to state your favorite fact that you have learned from this module of the course in the project gallery. So good luck with your project. And I look forward to seeing your favorite fact in the project gallery soon.